When a team is promoted to the Premier League, the key question they face is at what cost to the club do you place on survival – do you spend big to try and stay up or do you keep things tight and hope to stay up.
For Birmingham City the case seems to be very much the former as they have embarked upon a substantial recruitment drive in terms of both finance and personnel and have been spending big in the hope of giving it their very best shot to survive in the Premier League. We commend them for that positivity.
Alex Mcleish is a manager who has always impressed with his character, attitude and overall approach to the game and he will doubtless give absolutely everything to keep Birmingham City in the Premier League.
He has his teams well drilled and well organised so they will be hard to break down in games and especially in home games at St Andrews which generates an intense atmosphere and that provides a solid platform from which to build.
The signings of Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson will add experience, physical toughness and strength to the midfield unit while Roger Johnson is a highly rated central defender who certainly looks capable of performing to a high standard in the Premier League.
The biggest challenge that promoted teams face is scoring goals on a regular basis and this could be a problem for Birmingham City, but they will be looking to record signing Christian Benitez to fire the goals for them that will then give them a chance to gain positive results in matches.
Mcleish is wise enough to know that Birmingham City face a massive task to survive and clearly the new additions to the squad need to adapt quickly and perform to a high standard, but the confidence appears to be within the club that they can survive and that attitude could yet well see them survive for another season in the Premier League.
PREDICTED LEAGUE POSITION:- 17th